Asbestos disposal at sites

Asbestos can give off harmful dust particles and fibres, so needs to be handled with care. Cement bonded, sheet asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACMs) can be taken to some recycling sites for disposal. You must prepay for disposal, securely double bag or wrap in plastic and seal before taking for disposal.

Asbestos collections from your home (paid for service), see our asbestos collection page.

Download a copy of our Asbestos advice flyer, (April 2017 pdf 52 kb)

Asbestos disposal at selected recycling centres

To pay to dispose of your asbestos or asbestos containing materials (ACM), click here.  Please see notes below before paying for your asbestos.

Safety Advice
Use gloves, cover exposed skin by wearing disposable overalls and wear suitable respiratory protection. For advice see the Health and Safety Executive website.

Do not break, drill, scrub or saw the asbestos.  Large sheets should not be broken up. Damp down the working area with water to limit airborne particles and remaining fibres should be cleared up with a damp cloth, which, along with your safety clothing (known as personal protective clothing/PPE), should be included with the wrapped asbestos for disposal.

All asbestos must be securely wrapped or bagged and must be sealed. We will only accept material that is completely contained. Please double bag or double wrap all asbestos or Asbestos Containing Material (ACM’s), alternatively  industrial grade heavy duty plastic may be used. There must be no holes, rips or tears in the containment or it will be refused.  Heavy duty rubble sacks or plastic sheeting can be purchased from DiY stores and Builder’s Merchants.

Site staff are unable to assist with the unloading of asbestos under any circumstances due to its hazardous nature.

Since Monday 4 April 2016 you must pay to dispose of asbestos resulting from DiY, construction and similar activities.  The only exceptions to the charge are household items like old ironing boards, fire blankets or hot plates.  To pay, click here.

The charge for treatment of asbestos or asbestos containing materials (ACMs) is £12.20 per sheet or equivalent sack of asbestos or ACM. (From 3 April 2017).

Where to take it
There are seven recycling centres in Somerset which will accept asbestos and asbestos containing materials from your own home: Bridgwater (Saltlands), Frome, Highbridge, Minehead, Street, Taunton (Priorswood) and Yeovil.

Please pay for disposal and telephone in advance of your visit to ensure they have the space to take your waste as they have limited hazardous waste storage.  There is a disposal limit for asbestos which equates to 30 sheets of 6ft x 3ft (1.83m x 0.91m) or 30 rubble sacks. For vinyl tiles the limit is also 30 rubble sacks.

On arrival let one of the site staff know you have asbestos, they will check your receipt and quantity before directing you to the correct container.  Staff at the site are not able to assist with unloading of this material.  Place the wrapped asbestos (containing safety clothing and cleaning cloths) in the container.

If you are unable to take bonded asbestos or a storage heater to one of the designated recycling sites, you can arrange for an asbestos collection from your home for a fee.   Please use the on-line payment facility for home collections.

Commercial or trade asbestos cannot be collected at any recycling centre.  Businesses must make arrangements with a commercial waste management company. If you have commercial asbestos or a large amount for disposal, contact the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association or arrange with a commercial waste management company (a list of registered carriers can be obtained from the Environment Agency).

Storage heaters and other households items containing asbestos

The seven designated recycling centres accept cement bonded/sheet asbestos, storage heaters (which can contain asbestos) and other asbestos containing materials (ACM).

Storage heaters, should not be broken up and also need to be double bagged or wrapped and sealed when taken for disposal.   The cost for disposing of storage heaters containing asbestos is £48 per heater.

To check whether your storage heater contains asbestos visit the Asbestos Information Centre (AIC) website or alternatively contact SWP for advice, or click to view this spreadsheet, courtesy of the AIC website. (Excel spreadsheet 33kb)

If it is confirmed that your storage heater does not contain asbestos, authorisation to take the heater to any recycling centre must still be obtained from SWP and shown to site staff before it can be deposited.  No charge will be made if confirmed as asbestos or ACM free. To obtain an authorisation note, email all details of the storage heater(s) and your contact information – name, address, phone, email – to enquiries@somersetwaste.gov.uk with the email subject line “Authorisation request for asbestos-free storage heaters”.

Please be aware that if you need to dismantle a non-asbestos storage heater which contains bricks, there will be a charge to dispose of the bricks.  The price list can be found here.

Any storage heater that cannot be identified as asbestos free by the SWP (and further inspection upon arrival at the site), must be treated as hazardous waste for health and safety reasons and paid for before depositing in the hazardous container.

A surprising number of everyday items contain asbestos.  This list below is not exhaustive but includes:

•    Vinyl (Marley) floor tiles and textured (Aertex) ceiling tiles
•    Insulation materials such as airing-cupboard door, fire doors and oven doors
•    Roofing materials, soffits, gutters and drains
•    Iron rests on old-fashion ironing boards and fire blankets
•    Asbestos insulation board, fire surrounds and domestic flues
•    Cement products and cold water cisterns

Since Monday 4 April 2016 you must pay to dispose of asbestos resulting from DiY, construction and similar activities.  The only exceptions to the charge are household items like old ironing boards, fire blankets or hot plates.  To pay, click here.

Download a copy of our Asbestos advice flyer, ( April 2017 pdf 52 kb)